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Michael Meacher minister for the environment


  • The Government's viewSubscription

    4 November, 1999Updated: 19 February, 2009

    When the New Labour Government came to power in 1997, public concern over the water industry in England and Wales was at a high. There had been water shortages in some areas in 1995. Leakage was running at around a billion gallons every day. Yet industry profits and directors' pay seemed unreasonably high to a public enduring annual increases in bills above the rate of inflation.